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We use our iPhones to take dozens of pictures each day, but they don't all end up on our Facebook timelines. Many of the snapshots we take are little more than reminders; visual notes that end up lost in the sea of memories in our camera rolls. Notograph isn't just a place to store these random images – it's a new kind of note-taking app that ditches the keyboard entirely.
Unlike most word-based note apps, launching Notograph doesn't pull up the last file you were working on. Instead, it automatically opens to the camera, making image capture quick and easy. Both cameras are available to be used, as are the other normal camera functions (flash, focus, etc), but you won't find any fancy filters or effects.
Tapping the "List" button brings you to your default folder, where whatever you've just shot can be renamed and organized. You can import any photo stored on your iPhone, but images taken within the app won't clutter your camera roll or Photo Stream; Notograph syncs to iCloud, Dropbox, and Evernote, but thankfully doesn't send any of its images to Photos. Your library of images is displayed as thin rectangular thumbnails that look nice, but can be difficult to distinguish, though timestamps and file names mostly take away the guesswork. Elsewhere, the interface is nice but button placement can get a little confusing, and we didn't love the tall, skinny typeface.
Images we saw in the camera window were closer than they actually appeared, but it's unclear whether this is a bug or a feature. We experienced noticeable lag when snapping photos, and we would have liked the ability to at least rotate images, if not fully edit or crop them. Also, it would be nice to add actual notes to our photos, rather than just relying on short titles.
The bottom line. Notograph isn't especially refined or robust, but it gives us a dedicated place to store all of those little scraps of pixels we collect throughout our day.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later
App opens directly to camera for quick capture. Good organization. Doesn't force images into your photo library.
Some late when snapping photos. No editing whatsoever. No captions or notes. Interface is confusing in spots.